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Laurie Brereton - Intelligence Services Bill: Report Of Joint Select Committee //media/0801/lbmsisb280801.html Wednesday, 29 August 2001

Intelligence Services Bill: Report Of Joint Select Committee Laurie Brereton - Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Media Statement - 28 August 2001

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurie Brereton, today welcomed the release of the Report of the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the Intelligence Services.

"The Joint Select Committee on the Intelligence Services has produced a valuable bipartisan report", Mr Brereton said.

"The Intelligence Services Bill 2001 is intended to establish a new legal framework for the operations of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Defence Signals Directorate."

"The Bill as drafted is unsatisfactory in its failure to provide adequate safeguards for the rights and privacy of Australian citizens at home and abroad."

"Labor Members of the Select Committee urged the adoption of eleven major recommendations designed to improve the Bill and ensure proper safeguards and protection for the privacy and rights of Australian citizens. All of our recommendations have been adopted by the Committee."

"The Bill involves both significant national interest considerations and important civil liberties issues. This bipartisan report provides a way forward and I hope that the Government will agree to each of the Committee's recommendations."

Mr Brereton served as Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Select Committee. His speech last night on the Select Committee's Report is attached. The text of the Report can be found at: Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.